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lever

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noun le·ver \ ˈle-vər , ˈlē- \

Definition of lever

1 a :a bar used for prying or dislodging something
b :an inducing or compelling force :tool
  • use food as a political lever
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2 a :a rigid piece that transmits and modifies force or motion when forces are applied at two points and it turns about a third; specifically :a rigid bar used to exert a pressure or sustain a weight at one point of its length by the application of a force at a second and turning at a third on a fulcrum
b :a projecting piece by which a mechanism (see mechanism 1) is operated or adjusted

Examples of lever in a Sentence

  1. They used their money as a lever to gain political power.

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Origin and Etymology of lever

Middle English, from Anglo-French levier, lever, from lever to raise, from Latin levare, from levis light in weight — more at light

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lever

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Definition of lever

levered; levering play \ˈle-və-riŋ, ˈlē-; ˈlev-riŋ, ˈlēv-\
transitive verb
1 :to pry, raise, or move with or as if with a lever
2 :to operate (a device) in the manner of a lever

Examples of lever in a Sentence

  1. He levered the rock out of the hole.

  2. the workers used crowbars to lever the heavy stone block into its new position

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Origin and Etymology of lever

see 1lever

lever Synonyms

Synonyms
jimmy, 1pry, prize
Related Words
elevate, hoist, lift, uplift; break, break up, detach, disengage, disjoin, divide, part, pull, separate; shift
Near Antonyms
connect, join

LEVER Defined for English Language Learners

lever

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Definition of lever for English Language Learners

  • : a strong bar that is used to lift and move something heavy

  • : a bar or rod that is used to operate or adjust something on a machine, vehicle, device, etc.

  • : something used to achieve a desired result


lever

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Definition of lever for English Language Learners

  • : to lift or move (something) with a lever


LEVER Defined for Kids

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lever

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noun le·ver \ ˈle-vər , ˈlē- \

Definition of lever for Students

1 :a bar used to pry or move something
2 :a stiff bar for lifting a weight at one point of its length by pressing or pulling at a second point while the bar turns on a support
3 :a bar or rod used to run or adjust something
  • a gearshift lever

Word Root of lever

The Latin word levis, meaning “lightweight,” gives us the root lev. Words from the Latin levis have something to do with being light in weight. To levitate is to be so light as to rise up into the air. To elevate is to lift something up to a higher level as if it is lightweight. A lever is a bar used to help lift something up by making it feel lighter than it is.


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lever

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Definition of lever for Students

levered; levering
:to raise or move with a bar


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